I don't know about you, but I'm having a hard time adjusting to the fact that the Los Angeles Rams are the highest scoring offense in the league. I guess the Jeff Fisher era left a lasting impression. Anyway, Greg Zuerlein is one of the best kickers in the league, regardless of his offense, but when a team is moving the ball like the Rams are, he becomes the top option in all of fantasy. Houston has a solid defense but are giving up the third most points per game, meaning Zuerlein will be busy Sunday. Play him with supreme confidence.
Matt Prater has been one of the best kickers in the league over the past three years, including an impressive track record from 50 yards (17-21.) Prater will be home again this week (in the dome) and the Lions figure to put up a lot of points against the woeful Browns. Adding to Prater's appeal is the Lions' struggles in the red zone which have led to an excessive 9 attempts over the past two games. If he's available on the waiver wire after a recent bye, pick him up and prosper.
I'd like to re-iterate the failsafe fantasy strategy for 2017: find whoever is playing the Colts and load up on those players. This strategy includes kickers. Chris Boswell gets the Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium instead of having to contend with the swirling winds of Heinz Field and should be in for a productive day despite an underperforming Steelers offense.
Another failsafe strategy in fantasy has been to draft Patriots kickers, because they will be putting up points. It's not an ideal matchup on paper, but the Broncos offensive struggles are bleeding over to the defense, which is now allowing the eighth most points per game in the league. Add in the mile high air and Gostkowski is one of the premier kicking options for week 10.
The fifth suggestion was a toss-up between Graham Gano, Ryan Succop and Matt Bryant. However, when in doubt with which kicker to choose, check matchups and locations. Gano and Succop will be outside and very possibly kicking through some weather, so Bryant gets the nod in the dry although big screen-altered Jerrydome. After the Falcons' record breaking offensive output in 2016, the Falcons have been averaging a disappointing 21.6 points per game. But the Cowboys aren't a dominating defense by any means, meaning Bryant should be in line for a solid stat line.
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